Further confirming IDF claims that Hamas fires from civilian areas thereby endangering Gaza Strip residents and using them as human shields, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, released footage of operatives firing rockets from densely populated civilian areas. In the video, a rocket can be seen being fired in front of a school and a mosque.
This footage is consistent with IDF footage released last Friday (April 8th) of terrorist operatives firing mortar shells from within a cemetery, thereby demonstrating that Hamas not only exploits civilian areas, but also violates the sanctity of holy sites. The mortars landed in the Israeli community of Nahal Oz.
The IDF does not discern between echeleons of Hamas and considers the entire terror organization to be responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip. The IDF regrets that Hamas continues to operate within civilian areas, knowingly endangering civilian residents of the Gaza Strip.